|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM|
The Lakers keep going with hype, and I keep feeling good. It was around midnight here on the west coast, and I was checking twitter before I laid my head on my pillow. I had planned a post talking about Phil making a decison on Monday. Before that even happened the Lakers pulled the trigger on Mike D'Antoni. So I logged in, and broke the news as quickly as I saw the headline.
I can now give my full reaction of what happened. First thought is Nash, and Kobe should be happy. Even though Kobe would have leaned toward Jackson likely. D'Antoni, and Nash came close a few times in a quest for a title. But as you know D'Antoni flopped in New York, and he failed short in Phoenix. He's an offensive minded coach, and defense is not in his DNA. So when you look at the current Lakers do you see a running team? Nash is out for awhile, so it will take some time to see the final product of what could be. But when he comes back. Can this team be a run, and gun team?
I don't think so. Their is talk of Nate McMillan signing to be the defensive coach because D'Antoni sucks so much. On the flip side of all of this is that Jackson intended to come back.
Phil Jackson said he told Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president Jim Buss that he had "confidence that (he) could do the job" when he met with them about returning to coach the Lakers on by DownloadNSave">Saturday.
Jackson then left the meeting with a hand shake and understanding "that (he) would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with (his) decision."
Jackson was prepared to return to the Lakers on Monday morning if negotiations between his agent and the team went well, a league source told ESPN late Sunday night.
But before he could do so, Jackson said Kupchak woke him around midnight on Sunday and told him the team had instead signed Mike D'Antoni to a three-year agreement and "they felt (D'Antoni) was the best coach for the team."
I feel like the Lakers went from having one extreme coach on the defensive end. To another that is extreme on the offensive end. Brown was all about defense, and D'Antoni is all about offense. They don't have a full balanced coach, and that for me means they'll fail. They have no depth, and they don't have the right coach, and thirdly they have a Big Four that's a bit old, and we don't know how well they'll gel. At this point it's great watching this mess, but at the same time one most hope that it stays this way.
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